The latest bumper issue of Jeff Hawke’s Cosmos – a magazine devoted to Syd Jordan’s space explorer, whose daily newspaper strip once ran in the Daily Express – is now available from the Jeff Hawke Club.
Volume 6 Number 2 is a 120-page issue that includes three complete stories – ‘The Castaway’, in which an alien crashlands in Canada and his arrival causes havoc; ‘The Wondrous Lamp’, in which Earth faces a potentially alien invasion, but the danger comes in a small package; and ‘The Comet’s Tale’, pitting space ace Hawke against his arch-nemesis, Chalcedon, whose actions to save Earth prove, of course, not entirely altruistic.
It’s a brave creator that agrees to have his work deconstructed alongside its reprinting, but as ever, Duncan Lunan provides fascinating commentaries on all three stories, often questioning the science in stories but, we thinks, never the storytelling, which has made Jeff Hawke such a memorable newspaper strip, which featured in the Express between 1955 and 1974.
Each issue of Jeff Hawke’s Cosmos offers three entire strips with articles relating to each story, plus features covering astronomy, aviation, science fiction and comic strip heroes from the 20th century.
If that isn’t enough, Sydney Jordan, creator of Jeff Hawke also adds his personal views and comments in each issue. It’s a great package.
• Jeff Hawke’s Cosmos is on sale now by subscription, which costs £20 per year for three issues. Subscriptions can be sent to The Jeff Hawke Club, 6 The Close, Alwoodley, Leeds LS17 7RD, United Kingdom. Web: www.jeffhawkeclub.com
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.